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It’s Small Business Week in Amherst

This week is BDC Small Business Week across Canada. Small Business Week is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship where more than 10,000 business people come together at hundreds of events across Canada to celebrate entrepreneurship, learn and network with other entrepreneurs.

#seewhyweloveit with Karen Brookins

The theme this year is “Measure up! Shape your future” with local events being hosted around the County including Lunch & Learns, Workshops and Learning Sessions. Small Business Week is an important way to show our support to local businesses, our economy drivers, and continue to encourage their growth and development here in Amherst – Go Amherst Go!

Earlier this week the Recreation Department met with local recreational user groups to consolidate calendars and work together on raising the town’s profile, what’s going on and making Amherst a busy and thriving town to visit in the 2016-17 calendar year.

We’ve received great feedback and updates on upcoming events, tournaments and recreational draws for Amherst & Area and encourage all users to keep the Recreations Department in the loop. Email to be part of the conversation or to share upcoming tournaments and events you’re looking forward this year!

The town is continuing to work with stakeholders to promote and develop trails for all user groups and making Amherst an ATV and snowmobile friendly community. There is also a continued focus on making upgrades to existing trails and looking into potential links for off-highway vehicles to access the commercial service district. As planning and meetings continue, feedback and any input are encouraged from the community.

Please email or call 902-664-6370 to chat in more detail about the project.

The Amherst Stadium is quite busy this weekend hosting both the Amherst Ramblers vs. the Valley Saturday and the 51st Early Bird Bluenose Tournament the next two weekends.

Atom AA & Bantam AA are playing Oct. 21-23 and Peewee AA & Midget A are playing Oct. 28-30 in the tournament. Both the Bluenose championship crossovers and championship game will be held at the Amherst Stadium and the full stadium schedule of events can be found at

New and exciting this year, 16 participating Bluenose teams from across Nova Scotia will be saving $150 each as a result of the no fee ice policy implemented this past August. The pilot project sees ice rental fees waived for youth programs in the 2016-17 ice season and the qualifying organizations pass the ice cost savings directly to their individual members, resulting in reduced registration fees.

Congratulations to new Amherst town council including mayor-elect David Kogon and councillors-elect Sheila Christie, Jason Blanch, Wayne MacKenzie, Darrell Jones, Terry Rhindress and Vince Byrne.

Mark your calendar for the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 1, which will be the official Amherst town council swearing-in ceremony. More details will be available on next week.

Community events, stadium and skating schedule can be found on Here is a glimpse of what’s coming up this week: 

Oct. 21: Ladies Shopping Night & First Baptist Church

Oct. 22: 3rd annual Choir Country Breakfast & Trinity-ST Stephen's United Church

Oct. 24: Coffee & Conversation & Maggie’s Place

Oct. 24: Just Us Girls & West Highlands School

Oct. 25: Spooky Storytime & Four Fathers Library

Oct. 25: Amp up Your Oatmeal Nutritious & Delicious Class @Superstore

Oct. 26:  Seniors' Luncheon (for those 55 & older) @ Amherst Wesleyan Church

Oct. 26:  The Alpha Experience at The Garden @ 109 Willow street

Karen Brookins is the communications and marketing co-ordinator for the Town of Amherst.



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